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Johanna Konta humbled by Wimbledon experience after semi-final heartbreak

"Konta Mania makes me realise how special that is and how much people do enjoy being a part of my journey"

Johanna Konta is seen between points against Venus Williams during their women's singles semi-final match on the tenth day of the 2017 Wimbledon
Image: Johanna Konta said her Wimbledon experience was 'memorable'

Britain's No 1. Johanna Konta says Venus Williams is a "true champion" after her Wimbledon semi-final run came to and end, but 'Konta Mania' has been an "incredibly humbling" experience.

Konta began the day bidding to become Britain's first finalist in the women's singles for 40 years but Venus Williams turned in a display of gutsy serving to end her hopes.

Venus ends Konta's Wimbledon bid
Venus ends Konta's Wimbledon bid

Johanna Konta beaten by Venus Williams in Wimbledon semi-finals

Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut, five-time champion Williams made it into her ninth final at the All England Club and her first since 2009, while the wait for a first Grand Slam title continues for Konta.

The 37-year-old's sublime display of power-hitting on Centre Court may have stopped Konta emulating Virginia Wade's feat in 1977, but this year's Championships marked her best ever run after only ever reaching as far as the second-round.

This was my second Grand Slam semi-final. It was her 202nd, I bet. So she definitely came into the match with a lot more experience than I did
Johanna Konta

"I guess it's just incredibly humbling," said Konta during her press conference. "It's something that is greater than me and obviously just my focus on my match and my performance, and trying to improve. It does bring it slightly out of context and, I guess, makes me realise how special that is and how much people do enjoy being a part of my journey."

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Venus Williams und Johanna Konta werden nach dem Halbfinale gefeiert.

Williams, who will face Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's final, broke in the 10th game to clinch the first set and then turned the screw on her sixth-seeded opponent, breaking twice more to wrap up the match.

Meanwhile, Konta admitted she was beaten by a "true champion".

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"I think she did what she does well," the world No 7. said. "She dictated the match from the very first ball till the very last one. I think she just showed her true qualities and why she's a five-time champion here, just a true champion that she is.

"It was very difficult for me to get a good foothold in the match. The few opportunities that I did get, she did incredibly well to take them away from me.

"I don't think I did too much wrong out there. I think it was all credit to her."

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Johanna Konta of Great Britain reacts during the Ladies Singles semi final match against Venus Williams

At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994 and will be seeking her sixth Wimbledon championship and eighth Grand Slam singles trophy overall while Konta was playing in her second major semi-final after reaching the last four at the Australian Open in 2016.

"This was my second Grand Slam semi-final. It was her 202nd, I bet. So she definitely came into the match with a lot more experience than I did," Konta added.

"I was in just as much of a shot of winning this tournament here. I think today it came down on the day, and Venus played better than me. I'm happy with the matches I played, the way I rose to each challenge. I fell at this hurdle, unfortunately. Hopefully next time I will be able to go a step further.

"I definitely do want to keep pushing myself to be the best that I can be."

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Muguruza into Wimbledon final

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